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Daddy Long Legs (1919, Mary Pickford, Marshall Neilan)

Daddy-Long-Legs is a 1919 silent comedy-drama film directed by Marshall Neilan, and based on Jean Webster's novel of the same name. The film stars Mary Pickford.


A police officer finds a baby in a trash can, and Mrs. Lippett, the cruel matron at an orphanage where children are made to work, names her "Jerusha Abbott" (she picks "Abbott" out of a phone book and gets "Jerusha" from a tombstone). The orphan, who comes to be called Judy, does what she can to stand up for the younger children, frequently clashing with both Mrs. Lippett and the cold hearted trustees. At one point she leads a rebellion against being served prunes with every meal and at another, steals a doll from a selfish rich girl to lend to a dying orphan.

Years later, wealthy Jervis Pendleton, a mysterious benefactor, pays to send Judy, now the oldest and most talented child in the orphanage, to college. He insists, however, that Judy must never try to contact him in person. Judy calls him "Daddy-Long-Legs," and writes to him, however. Judy proves popular with her wealthier and more "aristocratic" classmates, and writes a successful book to repay "Daddy-Long-Legs" the money he spent on her. She is generally happy but misses not having any real family members to take pride in her accomplishments. Judy also finds herself caught up in a romantic triangle with the older brother of a classmate and an older man (who is, unknown to her, her mysterious benefactor). She eventually chooses the older suitor and is delighted to learn that he is her "Daddy-Long-Legs."

Mary Pickford as Jerusha "Judy" Abbott
Milla Davenport as Mrs. Lippett
Miss Percy Haswell as Miss Pritchard
Fay Lemport as Angelina Gwendolin Rosalind "Angie" Wykoff
Mahlon Hamilton as Jarvis Pendleton
Lillian Langdon as Mrs. Pendleton
Betty Bouton as Julia "Julie" Pendleton
Audrey Chapman as Sallie "Sally" Mc Bride
Marshall A. Neilan as Jimmie Mc Bride
Carrie Clark Ward as Mrs. Semple
Wesley Barry as Orphan Boy (uncredited)
True Boardman as Orphan Boy (uncredited)
Jeanne Carpenter (uncredited)
Estelle Evans (uncredited)
Fred Huntley (uncredited)
Frankie Lee (uncredited)
Joan Marsh (uncredited)

Run time 83 minutes 25 seconds
Audio/Visual silent


Reviewer: ghostmadl - - May 8, 2015
Subject: Great movie- but this copy disappoints
I love this movie - it is terrific but it is a shame the last few moments that really jerk your heart strings are not in this version.
Reviewer: tinto19 - - April 21, 2013
Subject: Great fun to watch, but incomplete
This picture is very well made and with great humour. fun to watch - unfortunately the last few minutes seem to be missing
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